Will anyone ever know what happened to the Aloha, a sport fishing boat that vanished with all onboard in the Pacific off San Franciscoís coast? “Knowing” is a complex, inexact business. There’s real truth and then there’s courtroom truth; a jury’s verdict may or may not approach what actually happened. Nor can someone reading about such an event – one that had no witnesses or hard evidence to explain it – be sure where the truth lies. But trials, judges, and juries are what we use in our legal system for finding truth.
The Widow Wave explores this alternate reality. It is a fascinating true-life mystery and lawyer procedural rolled into one. Jay Jacobs offers no facile answers – and he is not the flawless protagonist typically starring in such dramas. He lets us see how such a big wrongful death case really unfolds, in a true story that reads like a novel. Will the jury find the truth? Will the reader?
“An intelligently told true story of honor, integrity and justice. The Widow Wave reminded me of The Perfect Storm, played out in a taut courtroom thriller. Jay Jacobs masterfully weaves the harrowing tale of the last voyage of the Aloha, and courtroom battle that followed. A great read.” — Robert Dugoni, NYT Bestselling Author of ‘My Sister’s Grave’
“A compelling story of a modern day maritime tragedy that beautifully discusses the vital importance of advances in observational technologies, forecasts and communications in avoiding future loss of life at sea. Jacobs skillfully weaves together the legal, scientific and maritime narratives to enthrall and educate the reader.” — Julie Thomas, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Manager of the Institute of Geo and Planetary Physics